Warning: SPOILERS for Godzilla: King of the Monsters are ahead!
Nuclear radiation has always been instrumental to the Godzilla mythos, and it’s no different in the MonsterVerse. In fact, during his latest appearance in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, it took Ken Watanabe’s Dr. Ishiro Serizawa detonating a nuclear warhead near the beast so that he would be fully healed and able to defeat King Ghidorah.
So clearly Godzilla benefits from taking in a lot of radiation, but can he be similarly sustained just by eating other giant monsters, i.e. Titans. That question was posed to Godzilla: King of the Monsters director Mike Dougherty, and this was his response:
Other titans/kaiju are basically a source of radioactive meat, so...
That’s an interesting tidbit of information shared on Twitter. So if Godzilla is in need of sustenance and there isn’t a nuclear bomb or plant around to deliver such energy to him, he could always just eat one of his fellow Titans to get his fill of radiation. Maybe Godzilla should have just eaten that Ghidorah head he ripped off during King of the Monsters rather than let it be found and purchased by Charles Dance’s Alan Jonah for surely nefarious purposes.
Although we have yet to see Godzilla eat another Titan yet, the same can’t be said for the MonsterVerse’s other monster “protagonist,” King Kong. In Kong: Skull Island, the massive gorilla chowed down on a giant squid that was giving him trouble, and while that could easily be passed off as Kong being in the mood for seafood, perhaps Kong also craves radiation like Godzilla, though not as strongly.
In any case, Godzilla seems to be doing just fine following the events of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, as he defeated Ghidorah and all the nearby Titans, including Rodan, bowed to him in reverence after the explosive battle. As far as King Kong concerned, within the MonsterVerse timeline, approximately 46 years passed between Kong: Skull Island and King of the Monsters, and while we still don’t know when exactly Godzilla vs. Kong will be set, it’s been said that Kong will be a lot bigger and more rugged this time around.
Although these two beasts clashed in 1962’s King Kong vs. Godzilla, this marks the first time they’re coming to blows in an American production. Unlike what went down in the Japanese movie, director Adam Wingard intends for there to be a definitive winner in Godzilla vs. Kong, and I wonder if radiation might play a role in this new conflict, potentially giving an edge to Godzilla.
Naturally Godzilla vs. Kong’s main draw will be seeing these eponymous creatures fight each other, but the movie will also follow Monarch learning about the Titans’ origins and a conspiracy to wipe them off the face of the planet being uncovered. It’s unclear what’s in store for the MonsterVerse after that, but given that Godzilla: King of the Monsters has so far underwhelmed at the box office, Godzilla vs. Kong will need to perform much better financially if this franchise is to continue.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters is winding down its run in theaters, but the MonsterVerse will continue with the release of Godzilla vs. Kong on March 13, 2020 (unless it’s delayed).